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Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP) | Incarceration

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Resources

Parents Behind Bars: Answers to Children's Difficult Questions
This toolkit for educators and caregivers, developed by the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission, provides information on how to respond to children's toughest questions about the incarceration of their parent from arrest to release.
Download Parents Behind Bars: Answers to Children's Difficult Questions.

Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
This webpage from Sesame Street provides a variety of useful tools and resources for people working with children of incarcerated parents, including awareness videos and mobile applications, tip sheets for parents and caregivers, and activity sheets for children.
Visit the Sesame Street Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration webpage.

The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, based at Rutgers University-Camden seeks to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families by disseminating accurate and relevant information and research, guiding the development of family strengthening policy and practice, equipping people working in the field with needed information and resources, and including families in defining the issues and designing solutions.
Visit the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated website.

Youth.gov: Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP) Webpage
Youth.gov is the U.S. government website that helps interested stakeholders create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. The youth.gov COIP webpage provides information for people working with children of incarcerated parents, including child welfare caseworkers, school employees, law enforcement and corrections personnel, and parents and caregivers.
Visit the Youth.gov COIP webpage.
Download the Youth.gov Tip Sheet for Providers: Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent.
Download the Youth.gov Tip Sheet for Teachers: Supporting Children Who Have an Incarcerated Parent.
Download the Youth.gov Tip Sheet for Youth: Youth Supporting Fellow Youth Who Have an Incarcerated Parent.

Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

California Courts: Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit
This form from the California Courts may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school and authorize school-related medical care. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.

Delaware Relative Caregivers' School Authorization Affidavit
This form from Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school by grandparents and other relatives who are raising another relative's child without having legal custody or guardianship. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.

Missouri Caregiver Authorization Form
This form from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education enables a caregiver over the age of 18 to authorize the enrollment and school-related medical care of a minor unaccompanied homeless youth.
Download the Missouri Caregiver Authorization Form.

Packet for Parents Facing Incarceration
This sample packet from Adrian Public Schools in Adrian, MI, provides information to assist parents facing incarceration with making appropriate arrangements for their children. Included in the packet area checklist of tasks for parents facing incarceration, a list of frequently asked questions, a blank power of attorney form, a sample completed power of attorney form, and a flyer about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program.
Download the packet.

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